An exciting day was had by all at the inaugural CLASH Endurance Watkins Glen Event! Andrew Starykowicz (USA) dominated among the men with a winning time of 3:29:12. He led out of the somewhat-choppy swim in Seneca Lake, showcased his strength throughout the bike and managed to hold off Jason West and Nicholas Chase on the run portion. On the women’s side, American Sophie Watts claimed the title and celebrated at the CLASH Endurance finish line. Watts was among the top three women out of the water, following behind Haley Chura and Kristen Marchant. She took over the first-place position several miles into the bike and held that entering T2 with Chura approximately seven minutes back. Watts demonstrated incredible tenacity during her run at the Watkins Glen International Speedway and crossed the line at 3:52:09. A stellar field took on a challenging course today with numerous steep climbs and descents on the bike course with the run course presenting similar terrain. Those who finished among the top three in their division will take part in the $12K professional prize purse.
Today’s men’s winner, Andrew Starykowicz shared part of his tactical approach to race day and the CLASH Endurance Watkins Glen course stating, “I knew there were six hills on the run and I just counted them down.”
Professional Women’s Top Three:
1) Sophie Watts, 3:52:09
2) Haley Chura, 4:01:22
3) Lesley Smith, 4:06:33
Professional Men Top Three:
1) Andrew Starykowicz, 3:29:12
2) Jason West, 3:30:06
3) Nicholas Chase, 3:35:46
Elevating the sport and setting a high bar for triathlon by creating an inclusive atmosphere inside of some of America's premiere racetracks is part of the CLASH Endurance mission. Global television is key to this mission and the unique backdrop for CLASH Endurance Watkins Glen can be seen on several occasions on FOX Sports One (FS1), FOX Sports Two (FS2) and FSR in Canada. Stay tuned for exact dates at times scheduled to air July 27, 28 and 29. The broadcast will be a docuseries-style format that not only highlights the race and its competitors, but the scenery surrounding the event.